When a group of petty criminals is hired by a mysterious party to retrieve a rare piece of found footage from a rundown house in the middle of nowhere, they soon realize that the job isn’t going to be as easy as they thought. In the living room, a lifeless body holds court before a hub of old television sets, surrounded by stacks upon stacks of VHS tapes. As they search for the right one, they are treated to a seemingly endless number of horrifying videos, each stranger than the last.
Bringing together some of the top filmmakers in the game today, this wickedly conceived horror anthology sends the viewer through a gauntlet of suspense, terror, shock, and downright brutality—instantly distinguishing itself from a sea of lackluster found-footage horror flicks. The diverse and deviously creative minds behind V/H/S shatter any preconceived notions about the genre, making it feel inventive and captivating once again. –Sundance Film Festival
Adam Wingard (born December 3, 1982) is an American film director, editor, cinematographer, and writer.
Wingard was born in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. He graduated from Full Sail University in 2002.
Wingard’s first feature, the horror-comedy Home Sick, starring genre icon Bill Moseley and scream queen Tiffany Shepis, proved to be a stepping stone to his second feature, the psychotropic ghost story thriller Pop Skull. Made on a total budget of $2,000, Pop Skull had its international premiere at the Rome Film Festival and its domestic premiere at the AFI Film Festival in 2007. A Horrible Way to Die (2010) and What Fun We Were Having (2011) followed. The serial killer love story thriller A Horrible Way to Die premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival in the ‘Vanguard’ section and was acquired by Starz/Anchor Bay at the festival for a North American theatrical and home media release. What Fun We Were Having is a 4-part anthology dealing with the taboo subject of… read more
Joe Swanberg (born August 31, 1981) is an American independent filmmaker and actor.
Known for micro-budget dramas which make extensive use of improvisation, Swanberg is considered a major figure in the mumblecore film movement. His films often focus on relationships, sex, technology, and the filmmaking process.
Swanberg was born on August 31, 1981 in Detroit. He attended Southern Illinois University at Carbondale as a film major, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in 2003. Two years later, Swanberg directed his first feature, Kissing on the Mouth. He followed it with LOL (2006), which marked Swanberg’s first time working with actress Greta Gerwig. Gerwig and Swanberg collaborated on the director’s next two features: Hannah Takes the Stairs (2007), which also starred filmmakers Andrew Bujalski, Ry Russo-Young, and Mark Duplass and marked Swanberg’s first collaboration with animator and actor Kent Osborne; and Nights and Weekends (2008), on which Gerwig shared a directing credit… read more
Eh. Mostly dumb horror cliche shorts wrapped in a silly framed narrative. Most every character is completely unlikable in this film. A few (minority) of the shorts are actually well-written and filmed, however. The film may be worth a viewing just for the few moments where it really shines, especially for horror fans. Inconsistent quality just kills the piece as a whole, though.
I was surprised! Though I prefer the sequel, this movie still contained some beautifully delivered terror within its glitch/lo-fi aesthetic. Yes, the middle three shorts are a little lame and its pacing is a little off, but it didn't ruin the overall experience. Maybe I'm easy to please but I'm kinda in love with this series!
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